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Soquel Vineyards’ Pinot Noir Rosé 2020 Is A Knockout

Portion of this wine’s sales support Meals on Wheels and Grey Bears

The Pinot Noir Rosé from Soquel Vineyards could only be better if it existed sooner. PHOTO: J. Schwabenland / Soquel Vineyards

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Soquel Vineyards has released a beautiful Pinot Noir Rosé. This delightful pink-hued wine is all estate grown—and it’s a knockout.

Lovers of Rosé will be thrilled with the wine’s flavors of pomegranate and strawberries, and its floral aromatics. This terrific Rosé is only $16 and comes with an easy-to-open screw cap.

Soquel Vineyards is very well-known for its superb Pinot Noirs, but this is the first time they have made a Rosé of Pinot Noir. I think they should have done it much sooner!

Wineries of the Santa Cruz Mountains are known for their generosity—and Soquel Vineyards is no exception. 

“A portion of sales (of the Rosé) will be donated to two nonprofit organizations—Meals on Wheels and Grey Bears. We are honored to be giving back to our community,” say winery owners Peter Bargetto, Paul Bargetto and Jon Morgan.

A perfect afternoon on Valentine’s Day would be a wine tasting at Soquel Vineyards—leaving, of course, with a bottle of Pinot Noir Rosé. Good thing there’s time to get some for Valentine’s weekend!

Soquel Vineyards, 8063 Glen Haven Road, Soquel. 831-462-9045,

Valentine’s Dinner

Many local restaurants are preparing special dinners for Valentine’s Day. Chocolate on Pacific Avenue is doing a delicious dinner for two for $100, with black truffle rosettes, chicken breast with mole sauce, a “dessert orgy,” and a bottle of Brut Rosé. Learn more at Cafe Rio in Aptos is also doing a Valentine’s menu from 4-8pm on Sunday, Feb.14, for $65 per person. Visit for details. And Persephone in Aptos has a fabulous Valentine’s menu—plus, you can dine outside on the patio. Go to

Wine Tasting on Valentine’s Day

The countdown is on to do something fun on Valentine’s Day. Integrity Wines will hold a wine-tasting event from 1-3pm on Sunday, Feb.14, led by winemaker Mark Hoover. Wines can be delivered to your doorstep, or you can pick them up at the tasting room. The cost is $40—with add-on chocolate and cheese pairing available. Visit for more info.

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